Jessica Simpson 'Excited' to Turn 30
By Andrew Scott Posted Mar 15th 2010 03:00PM
In preparation for the show, PopEater landed an exclusive interview with Jessica, in which she talked more about 'Newlyweds,' turning 30 this year and whether she'd do another reality show after this.
Read the full interview after the jump, and be sure to visit AOL TV next Monday for the video version.
Given the amount of attention you received for 'Newlyweds,' were you at all nervous about doing another reality show?
When I heard the concept of 'The Price of Beauty,' I was in love with it. I thought that that would be the best way to show people me as a vulnerable woman again. 'Newlyweds,' that was a great experience for me. If they were to have said, "I'm going to be shooting in your house," that's a different story. But we get to go into the homes of so many different women all around the world with this show, so it didn't invade my space too much where I felt uncomfortable. So ... I got to control the situation a little bit more than the last time.
In filming 'The Price of Beauty,' did you find that the pressure to be beautiful is as intense overseas as it is here in America?
Yes. I think all over the world, women go to extreme lengths to feel beautiful. It's a really sad thing about society today, how much pressure women feel to be perfect ... I enjoy people's flaws. That's something that I embrace. I even embrace that about myself. I mean, I have a bump in my nose, and it's one of my favorite qualities about myself. But I enjoyed going over[seas], and hearing and witnessing for myself, and being a part of all of these different beauty regimens, and where people are in there lives. Spiritually, it was definitely mind-blowing, and I got to discover so much about all these women, and it made me want to know more about myself ... Truly, I feel like I was the winner in the show. I came home with so much perspective.
Did filming the show change your perspective about turning 30 this year?
I'm very excited to turn 30, and I just feel like I'm now the most comfortable I've ever been in my body. I'm a woman, and I have curves and I celebrate it, and I'm definitely confident. But you can only hear people talk so much crap about you for so long to where it's just to the point of like, you can't say anything else. It's not hurting my feelings anymore. You're not getting to me. You're just trying to make money and sell magazines at this point. [Laughs]
At the same time, though, there are a lot of girls who are still going through this. Do you have any advice for, say, a Miley Cyrus out there who is in the thick of it now?
I think it's very important for a girl to really understand herself -- whether that's journaling, or writing or whatever you can do to really do your own personal homework -- just know who are you are, and know what is special about you, and even embracing your flaws ... Just knowing that there is always gonna be pressure, [whether] you're the biggest star in the world or if you're just at high school walking down the halls. Everybody feels pressure to be beautiful, and I think that the only way to be beautiful is to own it for yourself. That's the only way to feel beautiful.
In next week's episode, you get to walk down the runway in Paris. How difficult was that?
I faced a lot of fears throughout the show, and one of my fears was to walk a runway, to be a runway model. I mean, come on. I'm 5'3', and I eat my burgers every now and then, so I'm not a six-foot model who is so skinny you could touch them and they fall over, you know? I'm a totally different body shape. So, I was intimidated as heck to get out there, and I knew that there were gonna be photographers out there, and I knew that I was going to experience some sort of scrutiny. And I ended up experiencing the scrutiny, which was crazy. When I was walking out there, I knew that it was gonna be all over the press the next day, and people had their things to say, and I knew it and I was shaking, and it was a very vulnerable moment for me, but I did face the fear. But it is something that I'll never do again. [Laughs] I was about to puke.
You received a lot of Internet attention when you posted the La Mer mask on Twitter. What was the story behind that?
[Laughs] That's funny! I had press to do that day. I had a photo shoot or something, and I love that La Mer mask. I love La Mer products. So, I was just laying in bed, and had the mask on, and decided I'd show people. [Laughs] Why not?
This is your second reality show. Do you think you'd ever do anything else after this, like 'Dancing With the Stars' or 'Celebrity Apprentice'?
I'm not saying that I won't do any other TV, but I don't think that I would be so good on 'Dancing With the Stars.' [Laughs] I think it would have to be something that I would develop.
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